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IBDs consist of Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) which are chronic diseases characterized by repetitive episodes of inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract.1

IBDs can affect men and women of all ages but are most commonly diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40.1

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are differentiated by their location and depth of involvement in the bowel wall1. Both diseases are progressive, hence the importance of early diagnosis and management2, and could be managed by one or a combination of Medications and surgery.1

It is worth noting that Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are different from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). IBS is known as spastic colon or nervous stomach and, unlike IBDs, it doesn’t inflame or damage the intestines.1

IBDs Can Predispose for Colorectal Cancer

IBDs, if be left unmanaged, can lead to serious problems such as a higher risk of colon cancer principally resulting from the effects of chronic intestinal inflammation.1,3

Symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs)

The IBD symptoms vary from person-to-person and may depend on what part of the bowel is affected by the inflammation.1,4,5

Main symptoms could include

inflammatory bowel disease diarrhea IBD


May be associated with blood or mucus and may also occur at night with severe urgency

inflammatory bowel disease fever IBD


During flare-ups

inflammatory bowel disease tenesmus IBD


Is a feeling of incomplete evacuation after bowel movement and is often associated with abdominal pain

inflammatory bowel disease unexplained weight loss IBD

Unexplained weight loss

It's time to seek care